It Is Critical to Report Your Observations Early.
Delaying your report can negatively impact campus safety and hinder providing the distressed student with appropriate support services. Regardless of how minimal a student’s behavior seems, your observations may inform the broader picture as similar reports are submitted from other areas at ISU.
Examples of appropriate referrals to RCT include:
- Serious change in the quality of the student's work
- Excessive absences from class
- Exaggerated and inappropriate emotional responses
- Unusual or changed patterns of interactions
- Disruptive behavior
- Depressed behavior such as lack of energy, deterioration in personal appearance
Indicators that reflect a more serious problem and require an immediate outreach:
- Inability to communicate clearly due to garbled speech or disconnected thoughts
- Loss of touch with reality (e.g., individuals report hearing or seeing things that do not exist or express beliefs that conflict with reality)
- Talking about committing suicide (e.g., “I can’t go on...there’s no reason to continue”)
- Threatening to seriously harm or even kill someone
Imminent threats and emergencies should be immediately reported to 911 and/or the Illinois State University Police Department at (309) 438-8631.